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Aziz is a kind-hearted zookeeper with a sense of humor, living a simple life in Algeria. But his contented existence is shattered by the abduction of his thirteen-year-old daughter. Aziz, his wife, his stepfather-in-law, and his mother-in-law are sent on a frantic and desperate chase to save the young girl's life.

But this is no ordinary abduction. No ransom demands are made. Instead, the kidnapper forces Aziz to confront his darkest fears, to test the strength of his relationships, and to challenge how far he will go to save his daughter. Aziz and his wife each blame the other for not doing enough for their child. The kidnapper takes a haunting pleasure in turning the family against each other.

Meanwhile, a story unfolds of two men brought together in an unlikely friendship, both brutalized by their pasts as soldiers. Slowly, the kidnapper's motives become clear as we plunge into a past of crimes and atrocities perpetrated during Algeria's war of independence.

Anouar Benmalek is the author of The Lovers of Algeria (2004) and The Child of Ancient People (Graywolf Press, 2004). He was a founder of the Algerian Committee Against Torture and is one of France's best-selling novelists.


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September 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Abduction
Author(s): Anouar Benmalek
ISBN: 1-906697-33-7 / 978-1-906697-33-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arabia books
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May 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Abduction
Author(s): Anouar Benmalek
Publisher: Haus Publishing
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